Mixed day for Tonny

April 02, 2018

Too strong: Experienced Nathalia ruckman Jarrod Maskell rises above Tongala's Hamish Cohen.

IT wasn’t the best start to the season.

In fact, on paper, it’s a bit of a disaster.

Tongala fell to reigning premiers Nathalia by a whopping 109 points.

‘‘It’s not ideal to start the year off losing by more than 100 points,’’ Tongala coach Jordan Souter agreed.

But according to him there were still positives to take out of the loss.

‘‘We were able to stick with them for most of the first half. We gave them a run until about 10 minutes to go in that quarter. Then they got on top of us.’’

The Blues were only 10 points down at quarter-time but the Nathalia juggernaut had that out to 34 by half-time.

And from there the floodgates opened.

Nathalia would kick 15 goals to Tongala’s four in the second half of the game.

Only Matthew Roberson, with three, as well as Tyler Vick and Joel Regan with two, would kick multiples for Tongala.

On the other side of the ground for Nathalia, Brodie Ross would bag seven and Brett Vallender five.

Souter said his team had areas he could improve on.

‘‘I think the key thing for us will be our intensity,’’ Souter said.

‘‘When we were matched up against them, we all performed really well. It’s going to be a case of matching that for the whole season.’’

Across the reserve, Tongala’s netball side is looking to go one better this year and started their season in the best possible way.

Tongala claimed a 38-goal victory over Nathalia to remind everyone it is a force to be reckoned with.

Never looking troubled during the match, the win sees them sitting in top spot to open the season.

New coach Dylan Nexhip said the club couldn’t be happier.

‘‘There were a lot of things we didn’t do as well as we could. But we don’t expect perfection in round one,’’ he said. ‘‘We were still incredibly happy to have a performance like that to start off our season. We will look at that as what we can achieve knowing we can get even better. I’m really happy with what we put out there this weekend.’’

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